‘Cease work strike by MGNREGS employees will affect several job card holders’

The MGNREGS employees have been on cease work strike demanding regularisation of their service.

Cease work strike by MGNREGS employees of Tamenglong district, demanding regularisation of their service, will affect several job card holders who are supporting the family particularly during COVID-19 pandemic, president of MGNREGS Dedicated Employees Association, Injiangam Kamei said.

Banners and placards which read "stop injustice to Manipur hill districts", "Regularise us like you regularised valley districts employees in 2006", "MGNREGS staff will shun from work until our demand is fulfilled" and others were used in a sit-in-protest at the conference hall of DC Tamenglong on Friday.

Speaking to the media on the side of the sit-in-protest, Kamei said that Tamenglong has had 15 staff members working since 2006.

“Tamenglong is the first district to implement MGNREGS in Manipur and they are working with dedication since inception of the scheme, however the government had regularised MGNREGS employees from valley districts only in 2016 leaving behind the employees of hill districts,” Kamei said.

Several memorandums had been served to the state government pushing for regularisation of the service but it went into deaf ears, he added.

"We have no option left except to cease work. We will continue our cease work strike till our demand is fulfilled," Kamei said.

First Published:Sept. 19, 2020, 5:56 a.m.

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